WikiLeak suspect disciplined at least twice before arrest

Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old US army intelligence analyst, leading suspect in the leaking of thousands of US military documents to WikiLeaks had been disciplined at least twice since 2007.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 23:14 PM IST

Washington: Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old
US army intelligence analyst, leading suspect in the leaking
of thousands of US military documents to WikiLeaks had been
disciplined at least twice since 2007 but managed to maintain
his security clearance, a media report said on Tuesday.

Manning already was facing military charges for
allegedly leaking a 2007 Iraq battle video to the WikiLeaks
website and for downloading sensitive documents.

Now, according to US military sources, he is the lead
suspect in the investigation into the leaked documents,
considered to be the biggest leak in US military history of
classified documents on the war in Afghanistan.
But the recent incidents are not his first brushes with
problems in the Army. During his training to become an
intelligence analyst, Manning was reprimanded by commanders at
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, CNN reported.

"Manning, during advanced individual training, broke the
rules and received a non-judicial punishment," it quoted Tanja
Linton, a Fort Huachuca spokeswoman as saying.

She did not elaborate on how he broke the rules.

Wired.com recently reported that he was punished for
uploading videos on YouTube in which he talked about
classified buildings at the base and classified materials he
saw.

Manning did not disclose classified information in the
videos, but did discuss the rooms where secure information was
held, which was considered a security risk, Wired.com
reported.

Despite the punishment, Manning graduated from his
training in August 2008 as an intelligence analyst with
security clearance.

But just a couple of months before Manning was arrested
in Iraq, he was disciplined again, CNN quoted a military
official as saying.
Manning had got into a fight with another service
member, according to the military official, although the
circumstances are unclear. As a result, Manning was demoted a
stripe, from specialist to private first class.

Manning had "top secret" and "sensitive
compartmentalised information" clearance, according to a
military official. Top secret is a lower-level of clearance,
but SCI-level information is on a "need to know" basis and
codes may be required to gain access to it.

Manning continues to be held in solitary confinement at
the Quantico Marine base in Virginia. He is accused of leaking
classified information to the WikiLeaks website, including the
video of a deadly US helicopter attack in Iraq.

PTI